Lightning and electrical injuries

Neurol Clin. 1992 Nov;10(4):1047-58.


Lightning and electrical injuries are similar in that both produce immediate tissue injury from burn and trauma induced by fall and both can arrest the heart and respiratory center. Immediate support of circulation and respiration is life-saving. Subsequently the nervous system may show signs of injury, and seizures, cerebral edema, and muscle and nerve lesions should be handled as the indications arise. Prevention of the injury is more effective than any postinjury treatment. Outdoors hikers and campers must take shelter to minimize their exposure; indoors properly installed equipment and attention to the relation of the equipment user to the electrical ground are the key elements in avoiding electrocution.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electric Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Electric Injuries / therapy
  • Humans
  • Lightning Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Lightning Injuries / therapy
  • Nervous System / physiopathology
  • Neurologic Examination*
  • Prognosis
  • Resuscitation
  • Trauma, Nervous System*